Introduction

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My friend Hazel once mentioned that she keeps Howard’s first Badger book by her bedside, to calm her when she feels unsettled.

I think it was only then that I realised how important this little anthropomorphic being is to people: Badger can be anyone you need Badger to be.

Badger can be weary or hopeful or content, hungry or frustrated or any number of emotions, because Badger’s face cannot quite do expressions. Badger can wordlessly bear the huge weight of all of your worldly sorrows. Badger can represent someone who carries on, no matter what, though every worry in the world might be concerning, though this little woodland animal is technically too small to flush the toilet, though this little furry creature has to use a step to wash the dishes every day. Badger sometimes struggles to get into the bath, but you know, showers must be taken.

Not many artists can draw an animal that, when you look at it, you know it is feeling human emotions. Perhaps the fact that Badger is bipedal helps you along, yes, but there’s something in the eyes, perhaps in the movement suggested in the feathered lines. Howard somehow connects this little soul with you effortlessly.

If Badger gave hugs you know they would be warm.

Badger carries on despite the uncomfortable obstacles of life. Badger can lift his head to the day, though every day might seem the same.

Badger is you, and me, and everyone.

~ Cara Ellison, 25/8/2014